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DEWALT Planer Review – Model DW735X

By Todd Fratzel on Power Tools, Woodworking

DEWALT DW735X 13″ Three Knife, Two Speed Thickness Planer When choosing shop machinery for my new wood shop one of my biggest constraints has been choosing equipment large enough to handle decent size projects yet small enough to fit into a medium size shop. The selection of a thickness planer basically comes down to two…

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Delta 14 Inch Band Saw Review – Model 28-400

By Todd Fratzel on Workshop

Delta Model 28-400, 14 Inch, 1 HP Band Saw Delta recently introduced an all new band saw in their model 28-400 which replaces an older 28-280. 14 inch band saws are probably the most popular size and certainly a great all around size for small and medium size wood shops like ours. Delta was kind…

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Rockler 9″ Quick Release Bench Vise Review

By Todd Fratzel on Workshop

Rockler 9″ Quick Release Workbench Vise Every workshop and woodshop must have a good workbench vise! As part of my continued outfitting of the new woodshop I built a large workbench/outfeed table. The new workbench was also the obvious place for a large bench vise. The folks at Rockler sent me their 9″ Quick Release…

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Outfeed Table for Delta Unisaw

By Todd Fratzel on Benches

Custom Outfeed Table Built To Match Unisaw Outfeed tables are one of the most useful companions of a table saw. They making cutting large sheet stock easier, safer, and more accurate. In addition, they often serve as an assembly table and storage cabinet. In this article I’d like to share a design that I created…

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How To Replace Start Capacitor On Dust Collector Motor

By Todd Fratzel on Dust Collection

Defective Motor Start Capacitor Prevents Motor from Starting Recently my dust collector quit working and it was quickly apparent how instrumental the dust collector is in the woodshop. After getting over the shock of the breakdown I started trouble-shooting the problem. It didn’t take long to have several different people tell me it sounded like…

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How To Build Custom Wood Plantation Shutters / Blinds

By Todd Fratzel on Interior Decorating, Woodworking

Building Moveable Wood Shutters Using Rockler’s Shutter Building System Wooden shutters can add a serious touch of class to any room and they are a great option for rooms that require privacy like bathrooms. While wooden shutters look amazing they are often extremely expensive and most often  need to be custom built to fit into…

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Delta Air Cleaner Review – Model 50-875

By Todd Fratzel on Dust Collection

Delta 3-Speed Ambient Air Cleaner – Model 50-875 One of the health hazards associated with woodworking is getting fine dust particles trapped in your lungs. Fine dust particles ranging from 1 to 5 microns in size are so small that they are very difficult to see. Primary dust collections systems often times can’t filter particles…

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Delta 3HP Dust Collector Review – Model 50-763

By Todd Fratzel on Dust Collection, Product Reviews

3 HP Motor Dust Collector Produces 2700 CFM Dust collection is not only important for our health but it also helps keep our shops clean! A great dust collection set-up can drastically improve the air quality and neatness of any shop and make it a great place to work in. One the most biggest design…

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